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07-03-2011, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Hackett View Post
At the time, did you think the habs got a 2nd liner? Remember that plekanec had alot of question marks around him since he was coming off a 39 point season. With koivu out of the fold, I think its clear that the habs thought they were getting a #1 centreman, and they tried him out in that role when they lined him up with gionta and cammalleri.

He's a guy that has hit the 70 point mark 4 times before he got to mtl, so coming to mtl after a 58 point season was largely considered an off year. They simply haven't got what they wanted out of him, and thank god pleks rebounded or this trade would look far worse than it already does.
Well, maybe one reason why Pleks rebounded is that teams had to guard against Gomez and Gionta too. With Koivu slowing down, he was no longer a big threat, except on the PP.

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